EFSC men’s basketball team gives Suntree YMCA class a spin
Eastern Florida State College players work out at a spin class at Suntree YMCA Family Center. Viera Voice photo
Members of Eastern Florida State College’s men’s basketball team cheered, chanted and sang while working up a serious sweat during an hourlong spin class Sept. 11 at the Suntree YMCA Family Center, 6300 N. Wickham Road, Suite 114.
As dance music blared in the background, Titans players pedaled on stationary bicycles while class instructor Gina Palombi shouted instructions.
Suntree YMCA director Joe Rowlette came up with the idea for the men’s class after having hosted similar classes for the EFSC women’s basketball team. After talking with EFSC men’s basketball coach Jeremy Shulman, Rowlette arranged for the team to participate in a spin class, a yoga class and a group exercise class on three different days.
“As opposed to just having them come over and do some free weights or just have them do their own thing, we’re going to do what we call sport-specific,” Rowlette said. “Basketball players are running up and down the court, so cardio is important.”
Shulman felt the classes would help the team in several ways as it prepares for the 2015 regular season, which starts Oct. 30 and 31 with the four-team Eastern Florida Halloween Classic tournament at the Melbourne campus. The Titans went 29-5 in 2014, losing in the first round of the NJCAA Division I Men’s National Basketball Championships in Hutchinson, Kan.
“First and foremost, we like to think outside the box and find different avenues for our guys to not just work hard but also make it fun,” Shulman said. “We could just condition every day in the gym to get in better shape, but it gets monotonous. So to do an event like this, it’s good. I think it will be a great team-bonding event for our guys as well.”
Shulman was happy with his team’s effort. “If you’ve ever been in a spin class, that stuff is not easy,” Shulman said. “It’s very, very difficult. So for them to be in there working, getting in better shape in a different avenue than just running, plus saving our knees and ankles a little bit by doing the spin class, I think it’s going to be very helpful, very beneficial. I think they’re doing a great job and I think they’re having fun with it, too.”